Wish List: the Tassimo range is now available nationwide

Fond emotions translate to good deeds in this week’s collection from Esther N McCarthy who also throws in a little something for caffeine addicts, amongst others

Coffee lovers, take note. Tassimo has launched in the Irish market and what makes the coffee maker a little different is that there’s a range of 40 brands of coffees, teas and hot chocolate to suit, including Kenco, Cadbury, Twinings and Carte Noire, as well as high street coffee, Costa. Previously only available online, the Tassimo range is now widely available in both grocery and electrical retailers nationwide or online at Tassimo.com with an RRP starting from €119.95. Engineered by Bosch, it’s a dinky-looking machine, quite compact, so it won’t hog too much space on the counter top. Plus, automatic cleaning and descaling means no scrubbing — nice one. Irish consumers can get £20 discount off T DISCs when they spend £25+P&P at www.tassimo.com.

We love the Adam’s Cloud series in our house, so we’re all excited to get our hands on the newest one, When You Were Born. From author and dad, Benji Bennett, we are promised a deeply inspired and meaningful bedtime experience for parents to share with their children. It’s the seventh book with proceeds donated to the Laura Lynn foundation. The series is published by Adams Printing Press, established in memory of Bennett’s son. This and the other books in the series are available across selected Dunnes Stores nationwide and online at www.adamscloud.com.

John Rocha has some very classic pieces in Debenhams at the moment.

Pictured is the small silver scratch vase, €28, large white wood pillar candle holder, €31, stepped wood mirror, €248, and natural woven baskets from €25 — and they’re available from this month.

You’ll have guessed by now there are little people in our home and, man, they produce a whole lot of art type things. Which are lovely, but, truth be told, most end up in the bin. (Don’t you judge me, the fridge is only so big!) So, I’m intrigued by the concept behind the Li’l DaVinci EZ store and display art cabinet. It’s an A4-sized cabinet with a nifty latched and hinged glass front door and spring-loaded inner, to quickly and expertly frame up to 50 paintings, drawings and certificates. So not only is their drawing proudly on display, you can change the picture — witches out, snowmen in — and have useful storage facility too. Priced at €28.95, the cabinet is available from www.birthdaygifts4children.ie. A discount is available when you order two or more. Check them out on Facebook too.

What’s not to love about penguins? They are just so cute, plus the daddy minds the eggs, and quite a lot of them are good singers, if cartoons are to be believed. Put a penguin, from Empire to Rockhopper, on anything and I’ll love it. Charge me three quid for it and I’ll love it even more. Here’s the penguin paper suitcase, €3, available in red or blue from Tiger Stores. www.tiger-stores.ie.

Feast your eyes on this Linea beauty from House of Fraser, Dundrum. This multicoloured wool wreath is a fun alternative to a Christmas classic. Watch your back, holly, wool could be moving in on your gig this festive season. €35, www.houseoffraser.co.uk.

According to her bio, Jenny Kelly was introduced to the potter’s wheel when she was still a child. She followed her schooling with an apprenticeship with potter Brian Keogh and honed her craft at Badger Hill Pottery in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. She also worked under Dublin-based potter Colm de Ris before setting up on her own. She loves colour, evoking her native Wicklow landscape in much of her tableware and giftware collections. We love this practical yet oh-so-pretty pottery, priced between €55 and €70. Check www.giveirishcraft.com for a list of high street stockists.


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